Tripel Karmeliet | Brouwerij Bosteels

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
bestbelgianspecialbeers.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

Added by kbub6f on 04-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,145
Reviews:
1,337
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
10.14%
 
 
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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Giant white head, clear yellow, pale color.

Aromas of warm, crisp yeast, going along with hints of fresh hops and spices.

Medium-bodied, defined by yeast, fresh supporting carbonation, and perfect fitting spiciness of cloves, a little pepperiness with citrus peel. Still, this beer is surprisingly refreshing without loosing its decent complexity. Yeast becomes even fluffier, softer as the beer warms up, spices get a little sharper, creating an even more complex body. Spiciness varies between, sweet, sharp, bitter - in that order, leaving a warm feeling in the stomach. Aftertaste is still very smooth, toffeeish, sweet malts, and still spices.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimHitchings
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jenitivecase
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear with an enormous head which dissipates quickly but yields some nice lacing. Color is pale-orangeish, almost an apricot color.

Smell: Fruity, with overtones of apricot and some citrus notes. Alcohol smell is definitely present, but not overbearing. Yeast scents are also present.

Taste: I can tell this is 8% alcohol. The fruity tones in the smell are also present in the taste; lots of apricot, with some apple and even a hint of grapefruit. However, many more spices are present in the taste, and the character of the grains and malt is coming through strong, as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet bubbly. Despite the discernable alcohol content, this beer manages to have a creamy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Although the alcohol content is far from overwhelming, it is more present here than in some other tripels I have had. This beer is fun to sip and enjoy, but I'm not overly depressed I don't have a second one on hand.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pjwilson
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one up at Lake Tahoe. There's a really good beer store next to the safeway in Truckee, sorry didn't write the name down or anything. Recognized the name and at 5.50 a 750ml it looked like a good deal. With a great looking silk-screened green bottle that i almost wanted to save.

Appearance: dark yellow, straw, great carbonation and good head
smell: fruity, plums, pears and tartness
Taste: the fruitiness continues, not a fruit beer but lots of fruit taste. pretty clean but not too clean, tangy, similar to some saisons but not the same.
Mouthfeel: crisp and prickly carbonation
Drinkability: it's refreshing. It's a good hour to spend with this beer. Will come back for more.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jscal10
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of azkkr
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarefootCharlie
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml dark green bottle. Sampled on June 20, 2014.

Green. Uh oh.

It looks like a nice cloudy, unfiltered pale yellow pour building up a fozmy white head that sticks around for some time but slowly fades.

The aroma is pure Belgian and no green skunkiness. Thankfully. So I get toasted biscuit malts, Belgian yeast, Belgian sugar, some pear, and light spice. Inviting.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy but leaning toward the heavy side.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit character and Belgian sweetness to boast about. Some vague spice and pear play up the rear. Little to no hop character. Very enjoyable all told.

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Photo of DrJay
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed yellow/gold beer topped by a generous, fizzy white head that keeps being replenished by ample carbonation. Great head retention once the carbonation settles and it formed dense, clumpy lace. Lemony citrus and spicy clove aromas dominate with some bready wheat. Sharp, aggressive carbonation kicks things off. Lemony bitterness throughout with gentle coriander and bread. Bitterness becomes a bit herbal at the finish and lingers. Palate drying at the finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Overall, a solid beer and one that I enjoyed.

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Photo of ashort
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gopo
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of gyllstromk
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is the characteristic tripel golden. Nose is sun screen, hops, pears, raisins. Flavor adds more hoppiness and a hint of blueberries, ending with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. A delightful beer not unlike the Leffe Blonde.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized tulip. Best by 9-26-14

A - Straw gold with good clarity. Delicate pour results in a towering tight white head that holds on forever. Great lacing all the way down, beautiful rockiness to the head is perfect.

S - Solid husk/grainy malt quality. Small candy sugar note, faint lemon citrus quality. Powdery yeast, touch of fruitiness. Getting a hint of some kettle hops.

T - Malt lends little to the flavor but is carried rather by some candy sugar. Not a whole lot to describe. Finishes pretty dry with a little bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, semi-dry.

O - My favorite part of this beer was its smell. Had all the tenents of a good tripel. Drank smooth and never was sweet, the body was clean and drinkable. High carbonation is perfect for the style.

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Photo of Macamah
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cvengeance
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Loose-bubbled head lasts only seconds. Leaves a pure-white ring. Bubbles rise one at a time (1 bubble/second! you could use this as a timer!) Very ordinary golden color. Gets hazy on the last pour.

S- Champagne. Sweet white grape juice. Alcohol is slightly irritates the nostril. Ice cider. Steamed corn once it's warmer. More hops and yeast on last pour, not only because of sediment but maybe also because of higher temp.

T- Alcohol. Something really reminds me of a dark belgian like Chymay Grande Réserve, probably the sweet malt. An elegant and fine tasting floral hop finish. Very nice. I also get a little vanilla in the end.

M- Foams up a lot. You feel like it's going to burst out of your mouth. Dry finish.

D- A bit too sweet for me to want a second one. I would buy it again though.

I don't know much about aging but this could be good with a little less sweetness to it. (best before 10/07/11)
I would buy it again.

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Photo of scooter231
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at my local grocery store after seeing a fellow beer advocater grab it. I thought, why not?

Pours a murky light golden color with some yeast bits floating around, and a huge, white frothy head a few inches high that slowly dies down, but still remains a good half inch thick. Looks very bubbly- it's practically screaming, drink me, drink meee.

Smells subtle and light- some hints of fruit and sweetness. Taste is complex- starts out kind of sweet, then hits a tart phase, and finishes kind of peppery and spicy- a lovely transition that happens quite quickly. Reminds me a bit of a Hennepin/La Fin du Monde hybrid that's a bit more subtle.

Mouthfeel is quite lovely- bubbly, not too watery, with no bad aftertastes, and no overpowering alcoholic feel, making it quite drinkable. Not sure I'd crave this all the time, but I can see myself picking it up every now and then. A solid beer.

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Photo of Kingfireeater
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mallthus
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

So, second Belgian of the night and I'm coming off a less than ideal interlude with Duchesse de Borgnone (sp?) so I'm eager to get back on the Belgian pony.

Well, when you're at a pub in Oklahoma City and you see a lot of a Belgian Tripel going out the door, it means something, so I order one.

Look: Beautiful as only a Belgian can be. Nice thin head and wonderful golden colour.

Smell: A little lacking in all honesty. Didn't get that much from this one.

Taste: Well, knock me down. This is one smooth brew. The high gravity gives a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Nice grapefruit notes with some oddball tobacco notes on the finish.

Bottom line: I'll drink this again.

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Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
4.24 out of 5 based on 4,145 ratings.
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